Software Engineering (was Re: Java)
brailsmt at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 14 16:21:33 MST 2007
> I agree with all of your points. You're preaching to the choir. I'm
> not suggesting that long names are a replacement for proper
> documentation. But descriptive names do help. My point was that
> Java's verbosity doesn't reduce readability it enhances it. I'm a
> professional, I document all of my code.
How funny, you equate professional with documenting code. I about fell out of my chair laughing so hard...
Most professionals in my experience think that the "code is documentation". Its a big macho thing. I guess I am too stupid, and I always ask what exactly they were thinking when they did XYZ. I usually get looks like "Ouch, buddy, asking that is a sure Career Limiting Move. You might want to reconsider!" Of course we all know that the reason they ask that is because they themselves don't have a freaking clue. At all the places I have worked, I have yearned to work in the wonderful world of high quality open source software. The code is many times more readable, and stable.
Who knows, maybe I just have had a bad experience, landing at the companies I have worked for. No, I'm pretty sure my experience is normal, I am experiencing first hand just exactly what "The Cathedral and Bazaar" is all about.
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